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A Short History of England
A Short History of England
by Simon Jenkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Short History of England, 23 Jan 2012
A highly commendable volume.Lavishly presented and extensively illustrated. Covering the period 410 to the present in 384 pages it is, as its title indicates, a "short history". However, all key individuals and events are covered chronologically in summary form in thirty-two chapters making for extremely easy reference. Thus the book fills a gap between the alphabetically-arranged quick reference type book and the multiple-volume extensive works. Thus there are separate shortish chapters on such periods as "Saxon Dawn", "William the Conqueror", "Magna Carta", "Reformation", "Victorian Dawn", "The First World War", "Thatcherism" and so on. There is also a lists of "One Hundred Key Dates", "Kings and Queens of England from 1066" and "Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom". Written in easy to read manner, this is a 'must' book for those who want a reference book about all the significant events and people of English history that is neither too brief to be of much use or too detailed and extensive for ready reference.

The Real Heroes of Telemark: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Stop Hitler's Atomic Bomb
The Real Heroes of Telemark: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Stop Hitler's Atomic Bomb
by Ray Mears
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars They were REAL heroes - a must read!, 13 Dec 2011
I read my first book from World War Two just 4 years after armistice when I was 13 - "The Wooden Horse". Since then (I am now 75) I have read perhaps a hundred or more such books and have been inspired by the heroic deeds described in many of them. None, however, have moved me so profoundly as "The Real Heroes of Telemark". The heroism,courage,endurance,devotion to duty and their country (Norway)under appalling and extreme conditions were almost beyond belief - but it all happened. It is no wonder these men are still regarded as national heroes in their country to this day . And we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to them. It is entirely conceivable that Germany would have developed the atomic bomb before the US if it were not for the heroics of these amazing men. If not for what they achieved Germany might well have won the war. I would urge anyone interested in WWII history, or stories of amazing courage, fortitude and ingenuity in any field, to read this book. Brilliantly researched and written in easily readable style this is a "must read". Charles, Australia

The Good Book: A Secular Bible
The Good Book: A Secular Bible
by Professor A. C. Grayling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alternative Bible, 30 Jun 2011
A. C. Grayling is one of the present day's great philosophers. He is also an atheist. His "Good Book" is the result of 30 years of gathering together from over one thousand texts by several hundred of the great thinkers of the past. From these Grayling has selected, redacted, paraphrased,interpolated and arranged into a book that provides inspiration, wisdom, consolation, good advice and commentary on the human condition in a non-religious way. In a touch of irony, the book is arranged into 14 constituent books divided into numbered verses similar to the structure of that "other" Bible.The titles, content and order of constituent books themselves also reflect that "other" Bible.It begins with Genesis and there follows Wisdom, Lamentations, Sages, Songs, Proverbs, Acts, Epistles etc. The great difference from that "other" Bible is that the resulting distilled wisdom is non- religious. There are no rules commanded by a monarchical, anthropomorphic deity; no promises of heaven, no threats of hell,just the inspiring distillation of wisdom from the sages of past times.The range and diversity of these is staggering. In this morning's portion I detected reflections of Shakespeare, Ecclesiastes and the Omar Khayyam!Grayling's "Secular Bible" (its alternative title) is not a book to attempt to read from page one through to the end. It is a book to refer to and select from when the need is felt for guidance, inspiration, comfort, consolation,commentary on the human condition, etc - in a similar way to the way the religious consult their particular bibles. As such I recommend it wholeheartedly. "The Good Book" is unique - in the true sense of the word. To my knowledge, there is none other like it.

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